Author(s): Frank Welsh
In a narrative beginning almost 1.5 million years ago with the emergence of Homo erectus, Frank Welsh takes the reader from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the age of terrorism. Using his masterly storytelling skills, he recounts the epic story of human growth, survival and achievement across all continents and ages. Providing insight into the lives of ordinary people in every corner of the globe, this comprehensive book is the perfect introduction to the human history of our planet.
Frank Welsh was born in Washington, County Durham, and educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His books include The Profit of the State, Uneasy City, Building the Trireme, A History of Hong Kong and A History of South Africa. He lives in France and England.
Introduction. c.6000 - 600 BC The River Civilizations. c.6000 - c.610 BC Early Empires. c.2000 - c.350 BC Persians and Greeks. 336 BC - c.AD 140. c.150 BC - c.AD 500. c.1500 BC - AD 1500 Early Civilizations of Africa and the Americas. AD 622 - 1000 The Rise of Islam. AD 407 - 1130 From Gauls to French. AD 1095 - 1396 The Crusades. 221 BC - AD 1294 China to the Mongols. 1414 - 1648 Reformation and Renaissance. 1494 - 1610 New Worlds. 1453 - 1707 Gunpowder Empires. 1648 - 1796 Early Modern Europe. 1620 - 1720 European Imperial Expansion. 1368 - 1799 Europeans and the Orient. 1700 - 1776 The Age of Enlightenment and the American Revolution. 1789 - 1815 The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. 1776 - 1845 A New World Order. 1814 - 1871 Post-Napoleonic Europe. 1730 - 1856 Eastern Superpowers: India and China. c.1800 - 1871 Continental Empires. 1770 - 1902 Exploration and Empire-building. 1850 - 1905 The Energy Revolution: The East Reacts to a Changing World. 1906 - 1919 Stumbling into War. 1920 - 1939 The Interlude. 1937 - 1953 The Second World War and After. 1948 - 1968 New Nations. 1970 - 1994 Cautious Optimism. 2000 - Towards the Third Millennium. Epilogue. Acknowledgements. Index.